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Medical costs expected to reach 20% of U.S. spending in 10 years

first_imgToday, the number is closer to $1 out of every $6, or $2 trillion. Consumers are spending more on the latest treatments, despite their rising costs. Income will also play a significant role in the greater health spending. Historically, when income rises 1 percent, health expenditures go up about 1.5 percent, officials said. “What that indicates is a desire to purchase good health,” said John Poisal, deputy director of the government’s National Health Statistics Group. Dr. Mark McClellan, an analyst who used to oversee the Medicare and Medicaid programs, said greater spending on health care has its benefits. People are not having heart attacks because they’re taking medicine that lowers their blood pressure and cholesterol. They’re surviving cancer because of more frequent exams and new treatments. WASHINGTON – Health care is expected to account for $1 of every $5 spent in the United States in another decade. That means a rise in out-of-pocket expenses, such as the co-pays for medicine, from about $850 this year to about $1,400 in 2016, a 5.3 percent annual increase. The cost of health insurance is projected to rise even more quickly during that same time – 6.4 percent annually. Over the coming decade, spending on health care will continue to outpace the overall economy. By 2016, it will total nearly $4 trillion, economists at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said in a report being released today. “Greater health care spending is having a tremendous impact on the length and quality of people’s lives,” he said. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said the rising costs are creating anxiety for everyone. “America’s per capita health spending is the highest in the world,” he said. “There is simply no place on the economic leader board for a nation that spends a fifth of its domestic product on health care.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Chetwynd resident arrested for assaulting step daughter

first_imgThe woman was arrested after the incident, and the 17 year old was transported to hospital via ambulance with head injuries.The Ministry of Children and Families was also involved as there was another younger daughter in the home at the time. To ensure her safety the girl went with other family members.The 45 year old woman has since been released from custody on a promise to appear in court at a later date. – Advertisement -Police are continuing to investigate to gain additional statements, and the Ministry of Children and Families is also continuing their efforts to ensure child safety.last_img read more

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Europa League round-up: West Ham eliminated, as Southampton ease through

first_img Southampton celebrates Graziano Pelle’s goal against Vitesse Arnhem Premier League sides West Ham and Southampton endured mixed fortunes in the Europa League on Thursday night, with the Hammers failing to qualify for the crucial play-off stages while the Saints eased through with a fine victory.West Ham were guilty of squandering a two-goal lead to allow Astra Giurgiu claim a 2-2 draw in the first leg at Upton Park, and they again blew their chance of victory in Romania, as the hosts came from behind to win 2-1 and seal a 4-3 aggregate win.Manager Slaven Bilic admitted ahead of the third qualifying stage second leg that he was sending a young side on the away trip, preferring to focus on their Premier League opener against Arsenal on Sunday.Initially, it didn’t seem to have an impact on the east London outfit’s confidence, as 22-year-old attacker Manuel Lanzini netted a debut goal to put the visitors 1-0 up after only three minutes.But Astra rallied, with their captain Constantin Budescu scoring two goals in four minutes to seal victory before half-time.It means West Ham failed to qualify for their first European campaign in nine years, following a stuttering qualifying campaign.Meanwhile, Southampton made short work of Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, with injured manager Ronald Koeman watching from the sidelines as his men secured a 2-0 away win, progressing to the play-offs with a 5-0 aggregate victory.The odds were in the south coast side’s favour following their 3-0 first leg triumph at St Mary’s, and in truth they never looked in danger away from home, with Graziano Pelle’s early goal and a late 89th minutes strike from Sadio Mane sealing a straightforward win.And victory was made even sweeter, as striker Jay Rodriguez came on with 15 minutes to play for his first competitive game in 16 months, following his recovery from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament injury. 1last_img read more

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Coral Daily Download – Van Gaal to leave Man United in the summer. Mourinho to replace him?

first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Coral’s PR manager brings up the latest on the odds for the next Manchester United manager, after reports on Wednesday morning claimed Louis van Gaal will leave the club at the end of the season – one year before his contract expires.The still unemployed Jose Mourinho is 11/10 favourite to be the next man in the Old Trafford hotseat, while current assistant boss Ryan Giggs is 5/2, and former player and now-Stoke manager Mark Hughes is 33/1.Meanwhile, Stevens also brings us the latest FA Cup odds ahead of tonight’s remaining third round repays, with Tottenham 8/5 to win at Leicester and the Foxes 9/5 for a home victory, while Liverpool are 100/30 on to beat Exeter, with the League Two outfit 10/1 for a shock win at Anfield.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

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Bulldog Top 10 Of 2015-16: No. 7 Softball’s Newman Named MVC Pitcher of the Year

first_imgCheck back on July 19 as the No. 6 moment of 2015-16 is unveiled. The No. 7 moment of 2015-16 comes from the softball team on May 11 when sophomore pitcher Nicole Newman was named the Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year. For the second-straight year, Drake took home the league’s top pitching award after Rebekah Schmidt won the award in 2015. Newman, who was named the 2015 MVC Freshman of the Year, had an outstanding sophomore campaign in the circle. She went 22-13 with a 2.96 earned run average with a program-record and league-leading 286 strikeouts. She recorded 10 or more strikeouts in a game 10 times during the season. Newman also collected All-MVC First Team and NFCA Midwest All-Region Second Team honors for the second consecutive season. Newman helped the softball team finish as 2015 regular season and MVC Tournament runner-ups. The 2015-16 season featured many thrilling moments and accomplishments for Drake athletics. From conference titles, outstanding team and individual accomplishments, postseason appearances and significant regular season victories, the Bulldogs had plenty to celebrate as they look forward to the upcoming season. Before embarking on 2016-17, www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com will take a look back at the top 10 moments of the 2015-16 throughout the month of July. Bulldog Top 10 of 2015-16No. 10 – McCann Wins Drake Relays TitleNo. 9 – Women’s Golf Wins Creighton ClassicNo. 8 – Football Beats Rival DaytonNo. 7 – Newman Named MVC Pitcher Of The Year Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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OBE for South African legend Johnny Clegg

first_img15 June 2014Johnny Clegg, the South African artist, activist and philanthropist fondly known as the “White Zulu”, had been honoured with the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), Buckingham Palace announced on Saturday.“I had no idea; it came out of the blue, like a bolt of lightning,” Clegg said when he spoke to John Robbie, the presenter on talk station Radio 702.“This is a recognition of Johnny’s unique services to the arts, vulnerable people and children and to democracy in South Africa,” said the British High Commissioner to South Africa, Judith Macgregor. “I am particularly pleased that we are able to celebrate his achievements of the past three decades.“We continue to work with Johnny and others to ensure that the positive change that they have secured will continue to have long-lasting impact on generations to come.”Clegg will travel to the United Kingdom to receive his OBE at a date yet to be confirmed. He hopes he can coincide it with his 20-show tour of France in October.Music and activismClegg said receiving the honour was a tremendous moment. “It has been a long journey of more than 30 years, from when I first began to experiment with truly South African cross-over music, and at the same time becoming a cultural activist in the struggle against apartheid,” he wrote on his Facebook page.During apartheid, his music was banned and restricted on national radio and police closed some of his shows.The OBE revitalised his energy for activism, he said. “Having worked with the End Conscription Campaign, the trade union movement and the Free the Children in Detention Campaign, resisting forced removals of rural communities, this award re- energises those dreams and commitments in a very special way.”Scatterling of AfricaClegg was born in England, but emigrated with his family when he was six months old. They settled initially in Zimbabwe, then spent a short time in Zambia before finally moving to South Africa. Robbie described Clegg as a Southern African Development Community child.“Between his mother (a cabaret and jazz singer) and his step-father (a crime reporter) who took him into the townships at an early age, Johnny was exposed to a broader cultural perspective than that available to his peers,” reads his website biography.With bands Juluka and Savuka, he merged traditional South African sounds with pop music and created a sensation. “Whilst lecturing anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, Clegg worked on the concept of blending English lyrics and Western melodies with Zulu musical structures.”The OBEThe OBE was created by George V in 1917 during World War 1, to recognise “distinguished service to the arts and sciences, public services outside the civil service and work with charitable and welfare organisations of all kinds”.Citizens from all over the world are able to receive the award; there are more than 100 000 living members of the order scattered around the globe.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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China Goes After “Illegal” Online Maps

first_imgmike melanson Xinhua, the Chinese news outlet, is reporting this morning that the Chinese government will be implementing new standards that are aimed at preventing “state secrets being disclosed and uncertified maps published online.”The rules are an update to standards adopted one year ago, and, according to the Xinhua article, require “all Internet map servers to keep servers storing map data inside the country and provide public Internet protocol addresses.” We have to wonder how might this affect Google and the location-based-services market in China.The updated rules will also require that all map servers must “have no record of information leakage in any form in the past three years,” and violations exposing state secrets can receive jail sentences of seven to 10 years. The new rules, the article states, also pertain to maps downloaded or copied to mobile devices.Hiding government sites from online maps is certainly nothing new, but the Xinhua article makes several points that make us wonder what new implications these regulations might have. For example, it mentions that the new rules require “all Internet map servers to keep servers storing map data inside the country and provide public Internet protocol addresses”. How will this affect Google, which just recently moved its servers to Hong Kong? How will other maps services, such as Bing Maps, be affected?The article also mentions “a Japanese who measure 195 locations inside Longyan and located 80 of them on his map” who received “administrative punishment”. Is China looking to effectively outlaw the LBS boom we’ve seen in the U.S. and other countries? It would seem so. The article gives another example, citing “three Germans who collected geographihc information […] and later mapped these in computers.” Heck, we do that daily with applications like Gowalla and Foursquare. Internet censorship is nothing new, but it surely sounds like these rules are about to step it up a notch. China is the world’s largest mobile market and geo-locational technologies are booming, but these new regulations could have some serious effects. We asked Google if it had any comment on how this might affect its operations there, but have not yet received any response. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Google#Location#mobile#NYT#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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Google Job Posting Appears to Confirm Mobile Payments Service

first_imgAs reported earlier this month, Google may be working on a mobile payments service which ties together a number of Google products, including its mobile operating system Android, the business listings on Google Places and Google’s recommendation service (plus local advertising program) called Hotpot, which just today arrived in app format on the iPhone.Now, according to a job posting here on Google’s corporate website, it appears the company is seeking an Account Manager with mobile commerce experience, particularly experience in Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, Point-of-Sale (POS) readers and systems, payment processing and more.Is this the Google Mobile payments service confirmed?Google Looking for Mobile Commerce Account ManagerFirst spotted by NFC-tracking site, NearFieldCommunicationsWorld.com, the job posting clearly describes a position where the Google employee will be “the engagement manager taking responsibility for the success of our largest partnerships in the Mobile Commerce space.”“You lead deployments, optimize implementations and integrations, drive new business opportunities, and manage the overall technical aspects to build strong, successful, long-term partnerships,” the description reads.And the applicant should have “at least 5 years of hands-on experience in Internet products and technologies, and knowledge of one or more of the following: NFC/RFID technologies, different chipset ISO specifications, integration with POS readers & systems and payment processing, technical implementation of merchant loyalty, coupon or incentive programs.“Well, that sounds a lot like a position for a mobile payments service, does it not?Google’s Mobile Payments Service In case you missed it, the plans for Google’s reported mobile payments service will involve NFC technology – the wireless communication standard that works by way of a small chip embedded into mobile phones or other devices, used for transmitting data across short distances. One example of its use would be mobile payments – you could wave your phone at a cash register to pay for your purchases.Google’s mobile operating system Android introduced NFC support into its latest version (2.3, code-named Gingerbread) and an NFC chip is built into the latest “Google experience” phone, the Nexus S.The company has also begun testing NFC-enabled window stickers for businesses using Hotpot. These stickers, currently being tested in a pilot program in Portland, Oregon, let a passerby wave an NFC phone at the sticker, which in turn takes them to a mobile Google Places Page for that business via their device’s Web browser.In addition, Google recently acquired a mobile payments company called Zetawire, which had applied for a patent involving mobile banking, advertising, identity management, credit card and mobile coupon transaction processing.Altogether, these initiatives have been adding up to a mobile commerce program in development, but a recent Bloomberg report confirmed it, according to unnamed sources.Full Job PostingHere’s the full job posting posted Google, as it appeared this morning:The role: Technical Account ManagerAs a Technical Account Manager, you are the engagement manager taking responsibility for the success of our largest partnerships in the Mobile Commerce space. You lead deployments, optimize implementations and integrations, drive new business opportunities, and manage the overall technical aspects to build strong, successful, long-term partnerships. If you are a creative thinker who thrives in a fast-paced, market-driven environment, Google’s Partner Solutions Organization wants to talk to you. You should be a self-motivated individual looking to drive solutions for an emerging business and solidify Google’s strategic partnerships and initiatives across a variety of partnerships that include merchants, issuers, point-of-sales (POS) solution providers, mobile OEMs, etc.Responsibilities:Identify, drive, and optimize the revenue flow from new business opportunities by leveraging Google technologies.Perform implementation reviews, evangelize new product features, and ensure the prompt and proper resolution of technical challenges.Improve product feature offerings by providing partner feedback to internal cross-functional teams including Product Management and Engineering.Guarantee the technical aspects of a partner’s integration (both new and ongoing) by providing necessary documentation and technical guidance.Requirements:BA/BS in a technical field preferred with a strong academic record (MBA a plus).At least 5 years of hands-on experience in Internet products and technologies, and knowledge of one or more of the following: NFC/RFID technologies, different chipset ISO specifications, integration with POS readers & systems and payment processing, technical implementation of merchant loyalty, coupon or incentive programs.Excellent project management skills and attention to detail.Ability to work well in a cross-functional team environment.Excellent written and oral business communication skills. Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perez Tags:#Google#mobile#news#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

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One Minisplit or Two?

first_imgChristopher Vernott is an architect at work on his own home — a tight, well-insulated house in southeastern Connecticut — and the time has come to rough-in the heating and cooling system.Because of the double-stud wall construction, triple-glazed windows, and careful air-sealing, his heating and cooling loads are low, he writes in a Q&A post at Green Building Advisor.Manual J calculations, the standard means of sizing heating and cooling equipment, show he will need 11,000 Btu per hour of heat on the first floor and 5,300 Btu per hour on the second floor. Cooling loads are a little higher: 12,500 Btu/h on the first floor and 7,000 Btu/h on the second floor.“My safe design strategy includes a [Mitsubishi] Hyper Heat head sized for the first floor load and a minisplit ducted cassette on the second floor with two to three short runs supplying the bedrooms,” he writes. “My second design, somewhat more risky, includes one Hyper Heat head sized for the whole house and located on the first floor.” Choosing HVAC Equipment for an Energy-Efficient HomePassivhaus Buildings Don’t Heat ThemselvesGreen Basics: Ductless Minisplit Heat PumpsInstalling a Ductless Minisplit SystemHeating with a Minisplit Heat Pump It dependsGBA senior editor Martin Holladay doesn’t offer much encouragement for Vernott’s one-head plan. Pumping tempered fresh air into second-floor bedrooms won’t be enough to keep them comfortable, he says, referring Vernott to articles on the particular challenges of designing heating and cooling systems for houses like his. (Both are listed in the “Related Articles” section.)Building scientist John Straube has discounted the notion that ventilation air can be used to equalize temperatures from room to room, Holladay says. “Open doors work better than HRV ducting,” he quotes Straube as saying.But, as Straube added, it’s also a question of what you’re comfortable with. Hundreds of thousands of houses are heated with wood stoves — single-point heating systems — and their owners are happy because they’re willing to make certain accommodations.James Morgan adds a second to Holladay’s comments.“Noting that Christopher’s concerns are for cooling, not heating of the second-floor bedrooms, I would say that Martin’s comments apply double,” Morgan writes. “Considering that the heat gain in the second floor will be greater than on the first and that the temperature gradient is working against you, if you don’t add a second [minisplit] head now you will undoubtedly find yourself doing so in the future.”Dana Dorsett does the math to show that ventilation provided by a heat-recovery ventilator or an energy-recovery ventilator won’t be enough to keep the second floor comfortably cool. “Moving heat with air is only good for about 0.018 Btu per cubic foot per degree F difference, so even with a fairly substantial 10°F temperature delta (say 85°F upstairs, 75°F out of the HRV) at 100 cfm (6,000 cubic feet per hour) you’re only looking at about 1,000 Btu/hr of cooling supplied by the HRV flow,” he writes. “That may be good enough under low sensible cooling conditions, but it won’t put much of a dent in the 7,000 Btu/hr peak load when it’s really hot out — you’ll cook.” Our expert’s opinionHere’s how GBA technical director Peter Yost sees it:I checked in with HVAC expert Marc Rosenbaum on this one, and he indicated that Martin Holladay (and other contributors) pretty much nailed it.Two other considerations:Exterior shading, in addition to overhangs. Any fixed overhang handles much of unwanted solar gain, but late-in-the-day low-angle sun, right when you need the shading the most, means, optimally, operable exterior window coverings. Interior window coverings are often less expensive, but they lose the solar gain battle by letting that energy in and then dealing with it.High-efficiency ceiling fans. In open, two-story spaces, fans can deal nicely with cooling distribution. In individual rooms, ceiling fans can very effectively provide thermal comfort at considerably higher air temperatures. Look for Energy Star-rated ceiling fans, particularly the ones with the curved, aerodynamic blades. RELATED ARTICLES center_img Both plans include an energy-recovery ventilator (ERV).Vernott isn’t as concerned with heating as he is with cooling, in particular the south-facing second-floor bedrooms.“If I exhaust the first floor with ERV pickups close to the floor level to grab the cool air, and then supply the bedrooms on the second floor with the tempered incoming fresh air, will it be enough to cool down the bedrooms a little?” he asks.That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. A middle-ground approachVernott replies that it might make sense to rough in the lines for a second-floor head or cassette and install it down the road if the south-facing bedrooms get too hot in summer. Roof overhangs, he adds, were designed to keep the sun off the second-floor windows in July and August, which could affect cooling loads.Given that he and his wife apparently have a high tolerance for temperature imbalances, he’s also weighing a third option: “If I put a single head in the second-floor landing area, 5 ft. 6 in. by 7 ft., will the unit potentially short cycle in such a small area, even with all the bedroom doors open?” he asks. “The ducted cassette seems like the best approach for delivery reasons, but I prefer to have the extra efficiency of a wall unit. Keith G. mentions the head in the master and then letting it ‘leak’ out or fan distribute to other rooms — a possibility.”A high-capacity fan pushing conditioned air up the stairwell might just keep the second floor comfortable, Dorsett replies, depending on the room layout.“If cooling the bedrooms isn’t a high priority most of the time (probably isn’t), Keith’s solution — a $99 window-shaker [air conditioner] will get you through the worst of it, for a helluva lot less money than a second minisplit,” Dorsett says. “A 7K peak cooling load isn’t much.” Don’t get too wound upKeith Gustafson has lived in less-than-ideal conditions, and he thinks some variation in temperatures from room to room isn’t the end of the world.In his last house, he used a 5,000 Btu/h window-mounted air conditioner and a small pedestal fan to blow cool air down the hall to two other bedrooms. That arrangement kept things cool enough, although he replaced that with a 9,000 Btu/h minisplit in the hallway that “worked perfectly.”“People get too wound up about rooms getting hot or cold,” he writes. “In my current house we are using our minisplits for heat for the first time this fall. One 9K unit kept the downstairs (1,200-sq.-ft. family room, two bedrooms, bath, laundry, tiny office) within two degrees except for the distant office, three degrees, through all of October.”“I consider acceptable less than 2 degrees, as defined by the WTWWT spec. As in, ‘what the wife will tolerate.’ “last_img read more

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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Test Drive

first_imgIn the video comments he goes on to say that two other weaknesses of the Pocket Cinema Cam is the very short battery life and ‘wonky’ interface.Check out the commentary video here:The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is currently retailing for $995, a very low price point compared to other video cameras with similar specs. If you’re a Blackmagic cam user or just interested in keeping up to date with Cinema Camera news, join H. Paul Moon’s Blackmagic Cinema Camera Users online groups: Vimeo, Facebook and Twitter. Are you a video pro that’s curious about the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera? Check out this video commentary highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of the new cam.We were recently contacted by Washington DC based filmmaker H. Paul Moon, about his successful Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera test. Moon took the new Cinema Camera for a test drive over a weekend in New York city and shared his footage via an edited film on Vimeo. After the camera test received many views and much attention on Vimeo, he decided to create a follow-up video with his commentary on the experience of using the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.The camera test was shot entirely handheld using a single lens (Moon cites the specs as “Panasonic 12-35mm, continuous f2.8 aperture”). First, let’s take a look at that full camera test:In the split screen commentary video (below), we get a glimpse of what the Pocket Cinema Camera footage looked like before and after the looks/color grading were applied. Through the experience of creating a camera test, some of the strengths and weaknesses of this cam are revealed.Weaknesses:Highlights are getting blown out into flat discs (requires sending the BMPC back into Blackmagic for “calibration”)Exposure and white balance are a struggle to nail (no in-camera exposure tools besides zebras)Strengths: Size is small and discreetSolid dynamic rangelast_img read more

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